Meet Our Guides

Our Full-Time Staff

Each member of Journey Quest’s staff has a heart for Jesus Christ and to see the lives of kids and adults changed by the power of the gospel. Combined they have over 60 years experience in Christian camping and wilderness ministry. They are dedicated to the ministry and passionate for God’s creation.

2020 Guide Team

As we near the start of our 2020 season, we are excited to introduce you to the guides who are ready to serve your family or your group this summer. We can’t wait to see how God will work through each and every one of them. This page will be updated throughout the spring, so check back often.

Join Our Team

Each summer we hire a guide team to serve our guests. We seek staff who have a passion to know and serve Jesus Christ, a heart to minister to youth and families, and a desire to serve in an outdoors-based wilderness ministry. If that’s you, consider applying for the next summer!

Mark & Sarah Anderson

President / CEO

Mark grew up in the Chicago area and moved out to Colorado in 1992 to serve at Camp Redcloud, a Christian camp in Southwest Colorado. God used Mark’s first year there to bring Mark to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and he served there for several more years before he helped start a wilderness ministry at Redcloud’s sister camp in New-Zealand. In 1997, Mark joined the staff at Reachout Expeditions (now YD Adventures) in Oregon where, despite his fear of water, he became a whitewater raft guide. Mark stayed at YD for nine years guiding river trips, mountaineering adventures, and eventually serving as Program Director.

Sarah grew up in Greeley, Colorado, and loves outdoor adventure. While attending Trinity Western University, she guided for several summers at YD Adventures in Oregon. This is where she met Mark, and they were married in 2001. Sarah has a passion for wilderness ministry, discipleship, gourmet cooking, and hospitality.

Mark & Sarah returned to Colorado in 2005 to direct Camp Redcloud’s wilderness ministry and youth discipleship programs until 2011. During this time they began to sense God’s leading to start a new wilderness ministry in Colorado, and in early 2011 they began the process of starting Journey Quest.

Mark & Sarah have 5 young children who love outdoor adventures and climbing all over all our staff. Mark is a Wilderness EMT, a Swiftwater & High-Angle Rescue instructor for Rescue 3 International, and a certified river guide instructor. Sarah is a Wilderness EMT and a certified river guide and trip-leader.

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Steve Nutting

Program Director

Steve grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado where he developed a passion for Christ, the outdoors, and youth ministry. He sensed God’s call to ministry while serving as a counselor at a Christian camp during the summer of 1996, and served as a guide and supervisor for 15 years at Camp Redcloud in Lake City, Colorado. In 2011 Steve joined with Mark & Sarah to help start Journey Quest. Steve has a passion for seeing the lives of youth and adults changed through an encounter with God in His creation.

Like anyone at a small organization, Steve wears many hats and oversees Journey Quest’s marketing, web-design, multi-day ministry trips, rock-climbing, and backcountry programs.

Steve is an avid mountaineer, climber, hiker and skier. He attended Jackson Hole Bible College where he earned a Diploma in Biblical Foundations, and is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor and Wilderness EMT-Intermediate. When not out in the mountains, Steve enjoys music, gourmet cooking, reading, graphics design, technology, and just hangin’ out. During the off-season, Steve is a moonlight web-developer and graphics designer, and often volunteers with the local EMS and Search and Rescue teams.

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Kyle Rogness

Kyle Rogness

Kyle Rogness is a first-year raft guide who hails all the way from Virginia. Currently, he is studying business administration at Thomas Edison State University, but he is looking to switch to a forestry degree from Virginia Tech in hopes to pursue wildland firefighting. During free time, he likes to play games/sports with friends, read lots of books (classic literature), write short stories, play the piano, goof off with siblings, travel the US, skate/longboard, and hike around the great outdoors.

Kyle is eager to learn and be taught the ways of the river, how to share the Gospel with anyone he meets, and grow with others who love the Lord. The outdoors are full of incredible sights, adventures, and good memories. Kyle can’t wait to enjoy these things and more with wonderful people.

Luke Frost

Luke Frost

Luke Frost is joining Journey Quest for his first summer this year. He’s originally from a small town called Marondera located in Zimbabwe where he spent the first 12 years of his life. He moved to Cañon City in 2018 to attend Worldview at the Abbey, a one-year theological program through Trinity University and now is excited to stay in Cañon over the summer. During his free time, Luke loves to build websites, go hiking, camping, fishing, snowboarding, driving (especially off-roading), explore nature, and spend time with friends and family. By far the easiest way to his heart would be a box of Oreos and a cup of South African Rooibos tea (with milk).

Luke is super excited to see how God will work in his life and the other people around him during this summer. Christ’s undying love and protection over Luke and his family has been mind-blowing, especially with the dangerous and politically unstable environment in Zimbabwe and through all the times he’s moved (eight times in the past six years). He’s most excited by the opportunity to grow in his faith over the summer and the prospect of spending most of every day out in Creation.

Emmaline Guillory

Emmaline Guillory

Emmaline Guillory will be joining Journey Quest for her first summer as a guide! She was born and raised outside of Clifton, a small town tucked away in the beautiful hill country of central Texas. Growing up, she loved to spend time outdoors fishing, exploring, and playing in the creek with her six siblings. She recently moved to Cañon City to attended Worldview at the Abbey, an academic bridge-year program. In the future, she hopes to work with organizations to help prevent human trafficking around the world and possibly run an outdoor recovery program for women affected by trafficking. Emmaline loves all things outdoors. Her favorite activities include backpacking, camping, mountain biking, snowboarding, and ultimate frisbee. She also loves spending time with family, stargazing, fly fishing, writing music and getting involved in epic prank battles!

Emmaline is excited for the challenges that lay ahead this summer as she pursues God, human relationships, and continues to learn to lean wholly on Christ.

Daniel Ramsey

Daniel Ramsey

For Daniel Ramsey, this will be his first year at Journey Quest and by far the craziest thing he’s ever done. Born and raised on the east coast in Connecticut, his first taste of the wild west has fueled his appetite for adventure. He originally came out to Colorado in 2018 for a gap-year program called Worldview at the Abbey, which he thoroughly enjoyed. In the past, he has acted in Shakespeare plays and is a Lieutenant in CAP (so yes, he is technically Lieutenant Dan). Outside of school, he loves almost anything that involves outdoors, adventuring and sports, most kinds of music, reading, singing, road tripping, and playing League of Legends. He loves early mornings (with coffee), and animals. He plans to work on many other aspects of his life in the future, including cooking, his writing and poetry, and playing instruments.

He hopes that Journey Quest will be a wonderful opportunity for him to not only work on knowing what he believes but also on defending that same belief. He is looking forward to exploring his adventurous side, all while strengthening his physical body and spiritual mind, growing in his relationships with others and Christ, and getting a nice tan (hopefully).

Jen Rhoades

Jen Rhoades

This is Jen’s (aka, cock eyed brow, aka Juniper, aka hanger breaker, aka screech) third year as a guide for Journey Quest, and while she will only be able to guide part time, she is beyond excited to still be a part of this awesome community! Jen made the move from Missouri to Colorado in 2017 to complete her first year of college with Worldview Academy. Her passion is to continue to pursue her outdoor leadership degree and work with outdoor therapy centers and youth. Her favorite pass times are making people laugh, dancing like a crazy woman whenever the opportunity arrives, writing, and being outside in any capacity. Due to many health complications and a recent diagnosis of Crohns disease, her plans seem to be have been put on hold and life is having to look a little slower. Jen sees the growth God is taking her through in this time of uncertainty and is constantly relearning that her identity is solely in Christ and not in her ability to do things.

Jen’s fondest memories from the summer time are the moments on week long trips, whether it’s laughter over washing dishes with her fellow guides, long talks with a student, or trekking up the peak hike with a group further than they ever thought they were capable of going. While she will not be as involved this summer, her prayer is still the same: “Lord use me in whatever way you see fit, let me not get in the way, and may your light be shown to every guest and student I come in contact with.” Who’s ready for an incredible summer!?

Kyle Rogness
Luke Frost
Emmaline Guillory
Daniel Ramsey
Jen Rhoades


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